By Maria Burke, RN, Owner Celtic Angels Home Health Care
Spring is finally here, and you’re eager to get out of the house. But with COVID cases rising and falling weekly, how can you stay safe? Here are 5 tips to stay healthy this spring.
After two long years of living with the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are tired and want to participate in the activities we used to enjoy, especially now that spring is here. But with COVID cases rising once again, how can you enjoy the spring weather while still avoiding getting sick? Here are five tips to stay healthy this spring, even as COVID cases rise.
1. Keep Your Vaccinations Up to Date
The most important thing you can do to stay healthy this spring is keeping your vaccinations up to date. If you haven’t yet received a COVID-19 vaccine, do it as soon as possible. The vaccines are safe and will help you avoid a severe case of COVID-19 if you become infected with the virus.
The CDC recommends that adults over the age of 50 receive two booster shots in addition to the primary series of vaccines you received. That means you’ll need a dose five months after your second Moderna or Pfizer vaccine (three months if you’re immunocompromised), or after two months if you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Then, you’ll need your second booster approximately four months after the first booster vaccine.
2. Wear Your Mask
Even if you’re not required to wear a mask, choosing to wear one, particularly when you’re indoors or in crowded areas, is a good idea. Currently, cases are high in some areas, so wear an N95 grade mask indoors if you need to go out of your home.
Remember, even if you’ve been vaccinated, you should still wear a mask, especially when COVID cases are running high. Although vaccines help prevent severe cases of COVID-19, you can still catch the virus. Wearing a mask lowers your risk.
3. Enjoy the Outdoors
COVID-19 doesn’t spread as easily outdoors in the fresh air, so meeting up with friends outside is a safer option. Plus, you can take advantage of the beautiful spring weather. It’s not too hot and not too cold.
Try taking a walk around your neighborhood, visiting a park, or having a picnic with friends. Alternatively, invite friends and family over for a barbecue or ice cream social. The warm weather allows you to participate in activities and socialize without the added risks that come with being indoors.
4. Keep it Small
In the recent months, with COVID-19 cases spiking, this isn’t the best time for large indoor events like concerts, potlucks, or bingo games. Instead, focus on spending time with your closest friends and family. Don’t be afraid to discuss your COVID concerns and make sure everyone is on the same page with vaccinations and other precautions.
Visiting in small groups, where everyone is being conscientious of reducing the risk of spreading COVID, is a safer choice than attending large gatherings. If you do decide to visit indoors, consider wearing masks or opening windows. You’ll enjoy the fresh spring air, and the increased ventilation will also reduce your risk of catching COVID.
5. Get Moving
Movement helps us all to stay healthy, so make time for some form of exercise. Gardening, taking a stroll with a friend, or going bird watching are all great ways to get moving outdoors.
With a little creativity, almost everyone can get in some movement. If mobility is a problem, try adaptive exercises like chair yoga, hand cycling, or seated dance programs. Remember, any movement is beneficial, so find what you can do, and do it!
Need help managing your health or participating in activities this spring? At Celtic Angels Home Health Care, we’re always happy to lend a hand. Learn more about our services here.